If you love gelato AND macarons, well, Bar Dolci is the place to be! This place does have some unique flavors like White Chocolate Wasabi and Thai Tea for their gelato, and Olive Oil for their macarons. I got the Hazelnut with Nutella + Banana w/ Caramelized White Chocolate gelato topped with a Peanut Butter and Jelly macaron, while G had the Cookies + Banana w/ Caramelized White Chocolate gelato topped with a Dark Chocolate macaron. Whew!
Their gelato was more on the dense side, although seemingly less creamy compared to other gelato I’ve tried. But their flavors are very spot on! The sweetness of chocolate with hazelnut, the fragrance of banana with a deeper flavor of white chocolate, plus peanut butter with blueberry jam made for quite a symphony of flavors as I enjoyed my dessert.
Here’s the enticing view of gelato…
…as well as their macarons. Their macarons have just the right amount of chewiness with a nice thin layer of shell.
Will definitely coming back next time to try more flavors!
I wasn’t feeling very well when G and I had dinner at Keizo at Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio, but for some reason, I really enjoyed this bowl of Tori Udon (thick noodles with chicken). The soup on its own had the comforting essence of chicken, but deepened with the flavor of the mushrooms and caramelized onions. I usually don’t care much for the soup that goes with the noodle dishes I order, but I certainly slurped a lot of this soup as it was really, really delicious. Keizo also did not scrimp on the toppings - there was a lot of chicken, vegetables, mushrooms, caramelized onions on top of thick noodles which have absorbed quite a bit of the flavorful soup.
Last weekend, G and I were finally able to have brunch at Maple! The place gets packed very quickly but we got there early and were able to secure a table.
To start off, they served these maple buns which were very delicious! Much better than the usual stale buns you get in a lot of restaurants. The bun was soft and warm and had a nice thin coating of sweet maple.
Looking at the neighboring tables we saw how large the servings were so G and I split Swiss Chocolate Pancakes and The Big Maple Breakfast between ourselves.
It may not be obvious in this photo, but these Swiss Chocolate Pancakes are HUGE! This may be good for 4-6 people, considering that the pancakes are really thick too.
Melted dark chocolate bits add bittersweet goodness to the fluffy pancakes, but both G and I agree that the pancakes would be much more delicious with more chocolate. ;)
The Big Maple Breakfast definitely lived up to its name, with a large thick Belgian waffle, maple bacon, breakfast sausages, country fries and two eggs (G had a fried egg while I opted for a poached egg). The bacon was crisp and slightly sweet from the maple, the sausages were juicy and flavorful, and the fries were well seasoned. G found the waffle a bit salty, which we ended up not finishing.
Overall, we had an enjoyable experience at Maple, but we’ll definitely dine here with more family or friends next time because of the huge servings they have.
Weekends are really never enough. Enjoyed some chocolatey Milo Dinosaur Gelato at Bono today.
These colorful cakes made of rice flour, coconut milk and sugar are as tasty as they are pretty! My Filipino colleagues tell me they taste like Maja Blanca or coconut milk pudding, but without the corn on top. I had always seen these as a child when I went with my mom to our weekly grocery trips at the Serangoon Garden Circus, but had always chosen plain white rice cakes for some reason. Now I’m glad that I finally got to try these!
Photos taken using my iPhone
After our rainbow xiao long bao dinner, we had some ice kachang which is similar to the Filipino halo-halo. The ice was very fine and instead of milk in the shaved ice, they used a variety of different flavored syrups (one of them was particularly fragrant/floral). The ice was then topped with corn, jelly, and red beans. A very refreshing and not-so-sweet dessert!
Photo taken using my iPhone
Paradise Dynasty’s Signature Dynasty Xiao Long Bao
I never knew that “rainbow” colored xiao long bao (soup-filled dumplings) existed until today. Paradise Dynasty at Ion is another restaurant that required reservations but again, we were lucky to get an outdoor table before the crowd got really big. Initially, we were tempted to get all eight flavors - Original, Ginseng, Foie Gras, Black Truffle, Cheesy, Crab Roe, Garlic, and Szechuan - but we decided to just pick the top two that we really wanted. The black colored xiao long bao are black truffle flavored and you could definitely taste the earthy flavor in the juicy pork. The orange colored xiao long bao are crab roe flavored and most of us preferred this because it had that familiar, comforting taste of the combination of pork and seafood in a dumpling. I would definitely want to try the other flavors next time!
Again, I’m really sorry for the grainy photos because all I’ve been carrying with me is my iPhone.
Gosh…just thinking about that chili crab…mmmmmmmmmmmmm…oh yes, where was I? Thank you for the tip! My husband likes salted egg yolks so will definitely try that with him when we visit Singapore in the future. :)
JUMBO Seafood Restaurant
Hello! I’m currently in Singapore for my last business trip for the year (whew!) and boy am I glad that my colleague introduced me to Singaporean Chili Crab, at JUMBO no less! Today, we arrived early at the Riverside Point store and found that the place was completely booked (you have to place a reservation to secure a table there - - it’s that good!) but they had a server walk with us to their other store at The Riverwalk, which wasn’t too far. They were able to get us a table but we had only less than two hours before the table would be used for an actual reservation. (Luckily, we were able to finish our meal way before that).
Many of you know that I have a very low tolerance for spicy food, and a lot of Singaporean dishes are quite spicy, but gosh, I think this was the best crab I’ve ever had - two chili sauce-stained thumbs up!
These bright orange shells are packed with succulent, juicy crab meat, and while the chili sauce is spicy, I found that I could tolerate it as long as I eat slowly. (It actually is much more tolerable than the spicy stingray I tried a few weeks ago on another trip to Singapore). With this we ordered cereal shrimp, fried rice, kai lan (Chinese kale) with garlic, and Mantou (Chinese steamed buns) which I absolutely love!
I had extremely stinky chili-garlic-crab smelling fingers after, but I certainly have no regrets trying this dish!
Photos taken using my iPhone
Cooking Tip: How to keep fried food nice and crispy
I actually got this tip from Yummy mag. Tonight I made crab cakes out of the three large crabs my father-in-law got fresh from the sea, then steamed - after cracking the shells and claws and scooping out all the crab meat (around 2 cups), I added a mixture of 2 eggs, dried thyme, salt and pepper. I then added a bit of flour until the whole mixture was easy to shape into patties and cover with panko crumbs. I cooled them in the fridge for a bit then fried them. And instead of cooling them on paper towels, I cooled them on a wire rack. This is so that the air circulates properly - if you put your fried food immediately on paper towels, the heat from under will steam the food and make the breading soggy.
As you can see from the photos, this tip worked like a charm! The panko flakes were nice and crispy and added a light crunch to the tasty crab meat.
G wanted to try Slappy Cakes for a long time and when we saw that they had a store in SM Aura, we decided to have some good ‘ol breakfast food. Even though it was already dinner time. (P.S. Really sorry for the poor quality of my photos as I had left my camera at home and had to settle for my iPhone camera).
What makes this breakfast place unique is that you can make your own pancakes at your own table (with their specialized pancake griddle - be careful not to burn your hand though). You choose your batter (buttermilk, whole grain, peanut butter, vegan, chocolate) and your fixins (chocolate chips, apples, mangoes, bananas, raisins, blueberries, coconut, cashews, peanuts) plus some toppings (honey, peanut butter, lemon curd, apple sauce, chocolate sauce, green onion creme fraiche, whipped sweet cream, maple syrup, and Nutella). I really wanted to try lemon curd, but for G - we settled for buttermilk batter with the usual banana-Nutella-chocolate chips combination.
The server says the batter is good for making around 5 pancakes, but as you can see, we were able to make more than that! Pictured below are the pancakes I made…G’s pancakes came out disastrous, hee hee.
Some heart pancakes.
Pancakes in the form of our puppy Macaron, us, our initials, and Mickey Mouse (obviously).
We also shared a plate of these humongous Southern Fried Chicken Tenders which were served with potatoes and sausage gravy. The chicken tenders were juicy and full of chicken inside, but the breading was also a little bit too thick that we ended up removing a lot of them.
Given that the price of the batter and toppings are quite expensive and can pile up when you add more options, this place is much better for larger groups (but not too large as it is easy to run out of space on the table). Nonetheless, it was a fun experience and I am sure kids (and kids-at-heart!) would enjoy this place.
My brother, a graduating college student who’s finishing his multimedia arts degree, had an exhibit last night. Our family celebrated with HUGE slices of New York pizza from Nolita - Pesto-Grilled Chicken with Sun Dried Tomato, Shrimp Carbonara (love the fried egg on top!), Three Mushroom & Ricotta Cheese, Fresh Tomato and Garlic, Chicken Parmesan and Buffalo Chicken - whew! My sisters and I shared some Mac & Cheese as well (not pictured here) for a total carb-loading meal!
My sister (Niji Desserts) also made these Alice in Wonderland themed chocolate cupcakes for my good friend C, who is getting married in 3 weeks! Here are the cupcakes up close.
We threw a spa party for her and had a great time catching up and getting pampered!
Of course, they enjoyed the cupcakes too! Here are C and her bridesmaid A with their “suggestive” cupcakes ;)
The ladies at St. Nails (Nail Spa) did a great job with our nails and even gave us cupcake-shaped chocolate lollipops after the party!
My sister (of Niji Desserts) made this amazing chocolate-coffee birthday cake for my mom - with our four retrievers (Waffle, Hashbrown, Tip Top, Polar), Shih Tzu (Bernard) and Japanese Spitz (Butterball)!!! As you notice, Butterball did lose his eye after a fight with Waffle. He relies a lot now on his hearing but his hearing has deteriorated as well due to old age. Nonetheless, he still is full of energy like the others.